The defending champions of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings have already set their pace in the stadiums, after winning three back to back matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. The teams have already made their roar quite heard in the stadiums and are truly defending their title with a spirit of sportsmanship.
The team only has three foreigners in their squad of playing eleven. Also the team seems pretty settled even after the loss of the two overseas fast bowlers, Lungi Ngidi and David Willey and has been doing great even after their absence. Ngidi got ruled out due an injury whereas Willey walked out of the IPL due to personal reasons. However the coach of the CSK, Stephen Fleming gave his insights about playing every match just with three overseas players.
We value all the players in the squad said Fleming
Fleming further said that the team values players in their squad baseless of the fact that whether they are Indian or overseas. He said that they have some good options to play with like Mohit Sharma who is coming in after a back injury. We value all the players in the squad, regardless of whether they are overseas or local players. “We have got some good options. Mohit Sharma is still to play. He is coming back from a back injury. We don’t have a tall fast bowler who gets bounce like Ngidi could. Kuggeleijn has got pace, which is something a bit different,” said Fleming.
We have made a side based on Chennai’s history, which is a slower track said Fleming
Chennai went forth with just three overseas players like Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, and Imran Tahir. He said that Tahir and Watson have already played their parts in the first two wins of the team as Tahir picked up three wickets for just 9 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opening match and Watson has won the Man of the Match award against the Delhi Capitals. Talking about the Chepauk pitch, Fleming said that it was an aberration.
“It depends which way you look at it. We have made a side based on Chennai’s history, which is a slower track. What we saw the other night was an aberration. We don’t look at the squad based on overseas or Indian players. You don’t have to necessarily play four overseas players. We are really happy with the quality of Indian players we have,” said Fleming.